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The most difficult jobs to fill according to Malaysia’s Critical Occupations List 2018/2019

by on December 22, 2019 | Top Stories

The most difficult jobs to fill according to Malaysia’s Critical Occupations List 2018/2019 -

If you’re looking for ideas on where you can expand your career or if you’re an undergraduate waiting to kick off a career, a look at the Critical Occupations List 2018/2019 could help you uncover where your opportunities lie.

There are many reasons why employers find some jobs more difficult to fill than others. These reasons range from candidates not having the right skills to do the job to the lack of new graduates in the profession. A surge in growth in a particular industry can also cause a big gap which employers scramble to fill.

While employment experts analyse high-demand jobs to understand hiring trends, and country leaders make plans about human capital development policies according to these changes, students like you can use data on careers in demand to explore career options.

The Critical Occupations List (COL) shows occupations that are skilled, sought-after, and strategic across 18 sectors in Malaysia. The COL identifies shortages in occupations that are high in demand by employers. Here’s your chance to figure out how to increase your chances of getting hired. First, explore the jobs on the COL list, then match the jobs that match best with your skills, education and experience.


In the 2018/2019 list, a total of 59 skilled occupations were identified.

  1. Managing Director and Chief Executive
  2. Finance Manager
  3. Human Resource Manager
  4. Policy and Planning Manager
  5. Business Service Manager
  6. Business Services and Administration Manager Not Elsewhere Classified
  7. Sales and Marketing Manager
  8. Advertising and Public Relations Manager
  9. Research and Development Manager
  10. Manufacturing Manager
  11. Construction Manager
  12. Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Manager
  13. Chemist
  14. Geologist and Geophysicist
  15. Mathematician, Actuary and Statistician
  16. Industrial and Production Engineer
  17. Civil Engineer
  18. Mechanical Engineer
  19. Chemical Engineer
  20. Mining Engineer, Metallurgist and Related Professional
  21. Engineering Professional (Excluding Electrotechnology) Not Elsewhere Classified
  22. Electrical Engineer
  23. Electronic Engineer
  24. Graphic and Multimedia Designer
  25. Aircraft Pilot and Related Professional
  26. Manufacturing Professional
  27. Environmental and Occupational Health and Hygiene Professional
  28. University and Higher Education Professional Teacher
  29. Early Childhood Educator
  30. Accountant
  31. Financial and Investment Adviser
  32. Financial Analyst
  33. Advertising and Marketing Professional
  34. Systems Analyst
  35. Software Developer
  36. Applications Programmer
  37. Software and Applications Developer and Analyst Not Elsewhere Classified
  38. Systems Administrator
  39. Computer Network Professional
  40. Database and Network Professional Not Elsewhere Classified
  41. Civil Engineering Technician
  42. Electrical Engineering Technician
  43. Mechanical Engineering Technician
  44. Physical and Engineering Science Technician Not Elsewhere Classified
  45. Manufacturing Supervisor
  46. Others Supervisor Not Elsewhere Classified
  47. Commercial Sales Agent
  48. Chef
  49. Receptionist
  50. Welder and Flame Cutter
  51. Agricultural and Industrial Machinery Mechanic and Repairer
  52. Electrical Mechanic and Fitter
  53. Bakers, Pastry, Pasta and Confectionery Maker
  54. Tailor, Dressmaker, Furrier and Hatter
  55. Rubber Products Machine Operator
  56. Steam Engine and Boiler Operator
  57. Stationary Plant and Machine Operator Not Elsewhere Classified
  58. Heavy Truck and Lorry Driver
  59. Mobile Farm and Forestry Plant Operator

Top 10 jobs in demand in the US (2019)

  1. Personal care aide
  2. Fast food preparation and serving worker
  3. Registered nurse
  4. Home health aide
  5. Applications software developer
  6. Janitor
  7. General manager
  8. Material mover
  9. Medical assistant
  10. Waiter or waitress
Source: 31 High-Demand Jobs in 2019 for Almost Every Type of Person


Hang on, we’ve got more information for you. The COL was first put together in 2015/2016 and these are the occupations that have appeared in every COL.

  1. Finance Manager
  2. Policy and Planning Managers
  3. Business Services Managers
  4. Research and Development Managers
  5. Information and Communications Technology Managers
  6. Geologists and Geophysicists
  7. Mathematicians, Actuaries and Statisticians
  8. Industrial and Production Engineers
  9. Mechanical Engineers
  10. Mining Engineers, Metallurgists and Related Professionals
  11. Engineering Professionals (Excluding Electrotechnology) Not Elsewhere Classified
  12. Electrical Engineers
  13. Electronic Engineers
  14. Manufacturing Professionals
  15. Accountant and Auditor
  16. Financial Analysts
  17. Systems Analysts
  18. Software Developers
  19. Applications Programmers
  20. Software and Applications Developers and Analysts Not Elsewhere Classified
  21. Systems Administrators
  22. Computer Network Professionals
  23. Mechanical Engineering Technicians


In the COL 2018/2019, these 10 occupations made it to the list for the very first time.

  1. Early Childhood Educators
  2. Civil Engineering Technicians
  3. Other Supervisor Not Elsewhere Classified
  4. Chefs
  5. Receptionists
  6. Welders and Flame Cutters
  7. Bakers, Pastry, Pasta and Confectionery Makers
  8. Tailors, Dressmakers, Furriers and Hatters
  9. Steam Engine and Boiler Operators
  10. Mobile Farm and Forestry Plant Operators


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Sources: Malaysia’s Critical Occupations List

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